Philadelphia press

Description (Brief):

This Philadelphia press was made by Frederick Bronstrup of Philadelphia after 1850. The top finial is missing. The press has a height of 72 inches a width, at cheeks, of 33 inches and a length of 74.5 inches; its platen measures 22.5 inches by 19 inches.

Description (Brief)

The Philadelphia press was designed and originally built by Adam Ramage of Philadelphia and, like Ramage’s better-known wooden presses, it was sternly utilitarian in looks. The A-shaped frame was made of a 1 inch by 3 inch wrought-iron band. The earliest Philadelphia presses had a simple elbow toggle lever, similar to that of the Wells press. After 1842 Ramage changed the toggles to a design closer to those of the Washington press. This was one of a group of presses deriving from Ramage’s patent of 1834, and sharing the A-frame.

Description (Brief)

After Ramage’s death in 1850, his business was taken over by

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Frederick Bronstrup, a German blacksmith, who made this heftier

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form of the Philadelphia press. Bronstrup sold the business in

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Description (Brief)

Donated by Wallace J. Tomasini for the University of Iowa, 1984.

Description (Brief)

Citation: Elizabeth Harris, "Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection," 1996.

Date Made: after 1850

Maker: Ramage, Adam

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Work and Industry: Graphic Arts, Communications, Printing Presses in the Graphic Arts Collection


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0427.01Catalog Number: 1984.0427.01Accession Number: 1984.0427

Object Name: Press, printing

Physical Description: iron (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 72 in x 33 in x 74 1/2 in; 182.88 cm x 83.82 cm x 189.23 cm


Record Id: nmah_1198598

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